BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Apr 2015
Vehicle: 1970 - 220D
Location: olympic peninsula washington
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Yo Zeitgeist, and everyone else with advice for this newbie. Many thanks for the wise council.
Here's the skinny on the 220D start problem. I'm the idiot. My only MB experience prior to this 220D was a brief ownership of a 83 240D awhile back. All the glow plug stuff was handled by the car itself. "Gorilla knob" and manually HOLDING IT WITH PRESSURE AGAINST AN INVISIBLE STARTER SPRING while the glow plugs get hot was not in my little brain. After a couple of painful failures trying to start this old soldier without any heated glow plugs. I finally got an explanation from the previous owner (who thought I would naturally know this stuff) guess what - it started in 30+ degree temp on the first pull, no smoke !!! Almost as good as sex. And by the way, compression is over 300 on all. I am thinking though of going to the pencil type lugs at some point.
I am sure glas you EXPERTS are around for people like me.